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NEWS UPDATE - January 7, 2013

20 Percent of Americans Don't Believe in God--So Why is Our Congress So Religious?

Alex Kane, AlterNet

The new Congress includes a Hindu, a Buddhist and someone who doesn't identify with any religion, but the majority of members remain Christian. READ MORE»


Disney's Creepy New Surveillance Tool

Andrew Leonard, Salon

“MyMagic+” will enable the company to more effectively gather data on customer activities. READ MORE»


How the Chuck Hagel Brawl Exposes Neocons and Reveals the Limits of American Power

Christian Stork, WhoWhatWhy.com

The kerfuffle over Hagel as a pick for Secretary of Defense does much to outline the contours of prevailing wisdom among the intellectual classes of DC and New York. READ MORE»

Mexican Restaurant Makes Employees Wear Racist ‘How To Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ T-Shirt

By Scott Keyes, Think Progress

Taco Cid, a one-star restaurant that has shuttered franchises in recent years, appears to have cribbed the design from the “Offensive Obscene & Sex Related Tees”section of an online apparel designer. READ MORE»


Eliot Spitzer Leaving Current TV

AlterNet

Spitzer says his decision was prompted by the channel's sale to Al Jazeera. READ MORE»


Republican Votes Against Hurricane Sandy Assistance 7 Years After Begging For Aid Post-Katrina

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Talking Points Memo highlights how Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Mississippi, voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy after pleading for federal hurricane relief in 2005. READ MORE»

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US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

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Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

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